Gig Review: Cradle Of Filth + Supports @ The Triffid, Brisbane

Headliner: Cradle Of Filth

Supports: Lavidius

Venue: The Triffid, Brisbane

Date: Thursday 10th May 2018

Review: Jay Kleinschmidt

Photos: Tam Schilling

Now I can't say I'm the biggest Cradle of Filth fan. In coming to support my girlfriend take photos of her favourite band, I have to say I wasn’t sure I'd be ready for reviewing the night. Considering Cradle of Filth have been going strong for over 25 years, have 12 albums released and have a strong, loyal fanbase, I felt a little overwhelmed amongst the audience. Additionally, they are touring to support their most recent release Cryptoriana – The Seductiveness of Decay, which is fresh from September last year. I haven't had a chance to listen to this album so, naturally, I felt under-prepared. The only albums I have listened to were Midian, Dusk and Her Embrace, and Cruelty and the Beast, and I have to admit that their music isn’t my favourite - although they are a band that deserves respect. So, when I got a last-minute invite to this concert, with a vocalist that can cover an impressively large pitch range and a tight band to match, I couldn't turn it down.

Of course, an event like this has its perks. It brings out goths in droves like creatures of the night gathering for a dark ritual. I love gothic fashion and to be amongst this type of crowd sporting that kind of getup is exciting. I feel the seeds planted by the likes of KISS and Alice Cooper have blossomed in the current generation music lovers, with Cradle of Filth displaying their own unique look, along with their loyal followers.

Starting off the music was local band Lavidius. They have had a solid presence in the Brisbane metal scene for quite a few years now. Most of the patrons for this sold out show turned up early for Lavidius, who didn’t disappoint with their tight playing. The circle pits were in full force as well and the crowd were left primed for the main act. Well done guys!

When Cradle of Filth took the stage, they delivered a solid performance. Everyone was in top form including Dani, who after all these years can still hit those high notes. Also worth noting is the band didn't look tired even though they have been on tour for the past 5 months. They did a strong hour and a half performance.

One standout song from the new album was "You Will Know the Lion By His Claw" – great track. The band also took the time to pay homage to Cruelty and the Beast, with which 2018 marks the 20th anniversary. Dani announced the album will be celebrated with an anniversary edition that is remastered, which will surely excite fans of that release.

All in all, it was a great night for Cradle fans of Brisbane. Well done for turning up and filling out the venue. And good luck to Cradle of Filth for the rest of their tour!

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